Oh guys, I so love this book written by Helen Hoover. A Place in the Woods is similar to We Took to the Woods by Rich, but it is a bit more relatable. Firstly, Helen and her husband lived in Chicago befor they made their move to the woods, so that linked with my personal experience. Secondly, they are not these wild foragers hunting deer in the forrest. Helen didn't really know how to cook when she started on this "adventure" and they ate most of their food out of cans and other packages. It is refreshing to read about these people who went out to be alone in the woods while not being these completely experienced hunters or outdoorsmen.
To add to the beauty and complexity of Helen's story, the writing is so well done that is sometimes borders on poetic. Her husband's gorgeous illustations are sprinkled through out the book and were so great to read along her prose. There are many quoatable passages from this book, but the one that sticks with me is nearly close to the end:
"You feel safe...secure. I suppose we shouldn't, not with our uncertain future, but security's an illusion anyway, except for something in yourself. For me, it's feeling I can handle whatever is dealt out to me, one day at a time."
- Helen Hoover, A Place in the Woods, pg 277
This book was a great read and I suspect is what got me all riled-up to start planning camping trips so early in the year. Either way, I highly suggest you read this book. Helen is so honest in their experience in their first year living in the woods, it is hard not to fall for them and their friends. I'm planning on devouring many more of her books!